Belgian GP - Kimi on pole at Spa
Eighth pole for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro out of fourteen qualifying sessions held so far this season, set for the third time by Kimi Raikkonen. This is the thirteenth time that a Ferrari driver will start the Belgian Grand Prix from the number one slot. Kimi took his career pole total to 14, while the Scuderia now has a total of 194 to its name.
"Obviously, I am happy with this pole position, obtained on one of my favourite tracks and also happy with the overall result for the team," Kimi said after qualifying. "On my first run in Q3, the car was very good but I felt something was not quite right with the rear end on my in lap. Apparently everything was okay and so we decided to continue with the second run. Even if it wasn't perfect, it was still good enough to improve and take pole. The balance of the car was good right from this morning. Usually, we are quicker in the race than in qualifying. Tomorrow we will try and do our best to get a good result."
Jean Todt said, "It was a very exciting and closely contested qualifying session in which, for the first time this season, two Ferraris took the top two places, separated by a very small time difference on what is probably the nicest circuit on the Formula 1 calendar. They say a good day coming can be seen from the morning and already yesterday, we saw that we could be competitive and today confirmed that impression. This result was, in part, also due to Shell's technical contribution. Having said that, we have only taken a small step so far this weekend. The most important one comes tomorrow when the deciding factors will be the same as ever - strategy, reliability and the work of the team and the driver. Today's great result is particularly satisfying for me and for various reasons, I would be very happy to see it repeated tomorrow."
Luca Baldisserri also commented, "It's great to be back with an all red front row on the grid. Today we were competitive but we are aware that tomorrow we can expect a long hard race against very strong opposition. We have a very good package and significant help from our technical partners, starting with Shell."